Is Co-Invention Expediting Technological Catch Up? A Study of Collaboration between Emerging Country Firms and EU Inventors

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Firms from emerging countries are going global, and Europe is attracting around one-third of their direct outward investments. Growing internationalization constitutes an opportunity for technological catch up. In this paper we analyze Brazilian, Indian, and Chinese cross-border inventions with European Union (EU-27) inventors, during the period 1990-2012. Our results suggest that these inventions represent an opportunity for emerging country firms to accumulate technological capabilities, access frontier knowledge, and appropriate the property rights of co-inventions. This paper contributes to understanding catching up by emerging country firms. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


  • Elisa Giuliani
  • Arianna Martinelli
  • Roberta Rabellotti
Research areas and keywords

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  • Economic Geography


  • India, China, Brazil, European Union, patents, technological catch up
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-205
JournalWorld Development
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch